Be’chol Lashon Fellowships provide financial support and professional recognition to community leaders whose work and ideas will have long-term impact on the Jewish community. Fellows provide innovative knowledge, strengthening the Jewish people by ensuring a range of perspectives, backgrounds, and nationalities.
Be’chol Lashon provides two types of fellowships. Research Fellowships support work about ethnic and racial diversity in the Jewish community. This includes research about specific sub-populations, communities, and social trends. For example, Fellowships have been awarded to study the religious and communal structures of the Lemba Jews of Southern Africa and the emerging Jewish communities of Nigeria. We supported the creation of the film Judaism and Race. Research Fellowships are open to the widest variety of academic disciplines, intellectual frameworks, and modes of inquiry. We encourage cross-disciplinary approaches and assist in building a network of scholars with similar research interests. Fellows benefit from mentoring opportunities with other researchers around the world.
Community Development Fellowships provide support to established and emerging leaders who will make significant contributions in building their local, regional or national communities. Fellowships support educational training and organizational development. The Fellowships support individuals who are often at pivotal moments in their careers. We are especially interested in models that can be adapted and utilized in other places. Fellowships have included the formal rabbinic training of Abayudaya leader, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, at American Jewish University, Aaron Franco to establish Sefarad Beitenu and build Jewish communal infrastructure in Spain, and Rabbi Capers Funnye to build African American Jewish communities in the United States and to serve as a liaison to Nigeria. Fellowships often includes technical assistance from planning and management experts.
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